A Look At Boston’s Best (And Newest) Breweries

Jim Koch never could have imagined back in 1984 when he introduced Boston to Sam Adams that he was about to kick off a craft beer revolution. Since then, beer aficionados continue to flock to their Germania Street location for a taste and tour of one of Boston’s most iconic breweries.

Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport District has also been a staple in the Boston brewery scene for decades, but now it’s time for both of them to make way for some new lesser known talent like Trillium Brewing Company’s flagship location on Congress Street in the Fort Point neighborhood (they also have a beer garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway).

Every few weeks, it seems a new brewhouse is popping up in and around town. From Fenway Park to the Seaport District, here’s a look at some of Boston’s best hop-filled newcomers to hit the brewery scene in Boston.

Backlash Beer Company

Backlash Beer Co.Photo Credit: Backlash Beer Co.

Sip an All In double IPA or the New England style Financial District IPA in a brewery and taproom located in a building that was a former piano factory in the 1800s. Their first two brews available for distribution featured a hoppy pale ale known as Mother of Invention and the hoppier Liquid Assets IPA. Backlash’s beer is only available in Massachusetts, so consider yourself lucky to be able to get in on some of the first sips.

152 Hampden Street, Boston, MA 02119; Website

Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company

Cheeky Monkey Brewing CoPhoto Credit: Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co.

Located just steps from Fenway Park in the former Tequila Rain space on Lansdowne Street, Cheeky Monkey is adjacent to Lucky Strike Social’s bowling alley and bar. There is nearly 10,000 square feet of space to frolic before a Red Sox game and try one of the five host beers on tap like the Rebellious Monk stout, Down Undah pale ale or 3 Lansdowne East Coast IPA. Be sure to pair it up with some flavor filled snacks like the spicy drunken spare ribs, blackened shrimp po’boy, Katsu chicken bao or Cajun poutine.

3 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215; Website

Democracy Brewing

Democracy BrewingPhoto Credit: Democracy Brewing

The buzz about Downtown Crossing’s newest beer hall had been brewing months before it opened on the 4th of July. Their mission? “To recreate the traditional public house, brew the best beer in Boston, pair it with tasty food and serve it to you in combination with two great American ideals: democracy, and owning your own business.” Along with the American dream, the interior of the new neighborhood bar/restaurant pays homage to Boston’s fight for freedom with paintings lining the walls of the Sons of Liberty, abolitionists and the police strikers of 1919. We recommend trying a Fighting 54th Saison or a Consummate Rioter IPA while snacking on a spicy Hawaiian pizza bagel or smoked fish chowder.

35 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111; Website

Dorchester Brewing Co.

Dorchester Brewing CompanyPhoto Credit: Dorchester Brewing Company

There are 20 revolving beers on draft at this 2,000 square foot tap room that is not just a brewery, but also the city’s first contract brewing facility, a space where other breweries (like Backlash) can make their own beer. There are games to play inside, a patio to chill out on for some al fresco drinking outside and pretzels available for snacking wherever you choose. Food trucks like Shuck Food Truck are on hand Friday and Saturday nights dishing up everything from smoked haddock chowder to lobster grilled cheese.

1250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02125; Website

Hopsters Brewing Company

Hopsters Brewing CompanyPhoto Credit: Hopsters Brewing Company

In the Seaport District, adventurous beer lovers can try their hand at creating their own specialty brew. At Hopsters, brewers on hand will help you craft a beer based on your taste preferences, i.e. hoppy, malty, etc. Don’t worry – if you’re feeling lazy, just come on in, belly up to the bar and share a charcuterie plate or pesto chicken pizza while sipping on a dry hopped Science sour red ale or Hopsters Manhattan made with their own house whiskey.

51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02110; Website